And here are the pictures!

We did it again- after three long years of inactivity because of the worldwide pandemic we finally managed to organise our Ben van der Eng Memorial tournament, and what a tournament it was! Guests from England, Wales, Belgium, Israel, USA, Slovenia, Romania, French Polynesia and of course a lot from The Netherlands!

After the pilot of the Randori system in 2019 we finally rolled it out officially, with a 90-second match duration, and to great delight of the competitors. We were also happy to porganise the SNWJG once again, and SNWJG KATA on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday the BENG! tournament exploded, where we celebrate judo and winning comes second.

Below, please find the pictures. there are 476 so reserve some time to have a look. Downloading can be done by clicking ↧ underneath the picture.

In the coming two weeks we publish the aftermovie, and then we fall silent until the next Ben van der Eng Memorial: March 31 – April 2nd, 2023.

Click the picture to view the gallery

Breaking: SNJU have reformed their operating principles

At the Special Needs Judo Union (the SNJF sister organisation), two board members have left. In response to this, SNJU have decided to change their course, and to operate completely on non-profit principles. The link below shows the SNJU statement.


Tomas Rundqvist (Svenska Judo):
On Thursday 8th of July at 15.00 CET, we will show a session of Adapted judo. It’s a session with ‘judogames’ and with a way to train judo with some Corona-restricrions in mind. Focus on ukemi and how to move on tatami. How to push & pull. It will show you one way how I start with new judoka, in the group there are a mix of a lot of judoka with different ‘intellectual variations’, Down Syndrom, visual impaired and CP. I hope that you find some inspiration and something you can use in your training. Please share this link and watch the video. If you have any questions or comments, let me know.

Here is the link.

Tycho van der Werff receives EJU Social Inclusion Award

Tycho and Tomas Rundqvist. Click picture for full gallery.

This weekend, Tycho could be found in Lisbon, to receive the 2019 Social Inclusion Award from the hands of no less than Jane Bridge, Director Education of EJU.
Together with Tycho our friend Tomas Rundqvist received the award for 2020.

Tycho’s Response

First of all, I want to thank the European Judo Union for this great honor.
And to get the award from judo legende Jane Bridge is a dream come true.

I would like to dedicate this award to Ben van der Eng, my late Sensei, who started bringing countries together promoting Special Needs judo all over the World. And to all Special Needs Judoka, because of their imput, goals and effort, we were able to achieve all this.
This is an Award we all have won together, because this is Judo. We can only grow and get better together.
I would like to thank:
All people of the EJU with whom we worked together and made it possible for inclusion during the EC Kata championships and Judo Festival Porec in 2019.
The fantastic team of Special Needs Judo Foundation, who supported me after Ben’s death, in continuing to work for all SN judoka. Henk, Inger, Bob, Will, Daan, Roland, Christel.
All the people of The Dutch Judo Association (JBN) for all the possibilities and support they have given me, to carry out adapted judo.
My work TSA, who supports me all the way.
All volunteers and judoka of the SNJF and BENGMEMORIAL , who always give their best.
My dear Friend Tomas with whom I have been working close with the last 28 years.
The SNJU with whom we are doing great work to ensure the educational side of SN judo.
And last but not least, My beautiful wife Christel and mother in-law Wil, who stand by me and have to cope with my crazy out-of-the-box ideas.

See also

Special Needs Seminar is a hit with judoka and coaches (Porec, 2018)
Impressive Special Needs demonstration in Kata European Championships (Gran Canaria, 2019)